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View an eclipse of the Moon on October 8
On October 8, the full Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, producing a total lunar eclipse visible for a portion of North America, and a partial lunar eclipse for all of North America. This total lunar eclipse will be best seen from the Pacific Ocean and bordering regions (weather permitting, of course!), although even eastern regions of the U.S. will be able to observe the beginning stages. The total lunar eclipse begins at about 3:25 am Pacific daylight time when the Moon completely enters the darkest part of Earth’s shadow.

Free Houston Lecture on Gravity, Sept. 18 at LPI
The Lunar and Planetary Institute is pleased to introduce the 2014 - 2015 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: 'Science on the Silver Screen." This series will explore the accuracy, and inaccuracy, of science portrayed in the movies. The series will begin September 18, 2014 with a presentation by astronaut and planetary scientist Dr. Stanley Love discussing the 2013 movie "Gravity."

Earth Science Week
Held October 12-18, ESW 2014 will promote awareness of the dynamic interactions of the planet’s natural and human systems. The updated Earth Science Week Online Toolkit includes 76 lessons, posters, fact sheets, and other materials, each offered in both English and Spanish.

Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress Open to Public
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014. "Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth," is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. The event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.